I was given a picture of a young oak tree growing up surrounded by many other oaks. In the picture as the oak tree grew taller it began to take some of the wind the other oaks had been blocking. In the picture I was told the wind was not to blow me over, instead to cause my roots to grow deep and wide. I have since discovered these roots are the love found in the person of Jesus.
Having traveled into Mozambique, AFRICA a few times, on a trip in 2007 I learned that fruit trees can be watered day and night and never bloom, until their roots travel down into the earth and find their own water source. At that time they will bloom and as that water source remains stable they will bear fruit that remains.
Music that flows from this source helps to nourish me and that nourishment holds me firm through increasing winds. If the artist or group is lifting up the name of Jesus, and putting Him in the highest place above all else, I am planted for sure as I set my eyes on Him.
Life, and the call of Jesus upon my heart desires more than anything to ground me and send root systems out into the soil that I am planted. I am most drawn to music that reflects the Father's heart for the lost and wandering soul, and the believer who is hiding right beneath His nose. I am seeking out hope for others, and I find it in the worship anthems I choose.
Ultimately freeing people is the goal and music that reflects the finished work of the Cross of Jesus Christ helps me express His "good news" to all who are lost in a hopeless existence. I am built up into my spirit which helps me encourage others to find redemption from the sin that has separated us from knowing God. Even though the testimony of Jesus has spread and is being spread throughout the world, faith comes from hearing the words of Jesus Christ. We are on a journey to the heart of our Heavenly Father. Worship anthems and film have played a large part in opening my heart to the sounds and messages of heaven. M